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Jamie

Jamie's Bio

I am from Sacramento, California where I grew up swimming competitively. I turned to running in High School, which earned me a scholarship to California State University, Northridge. After earning a degree in Criminology, I decided to give Triathlon a try! It was at this time I met my husband, Courtney who got me started in Mountain Biking. At the end of 2001 I turned pro in both Mountain Biking and Xterra (off-road triathlons!) For nearly 7 years, I dominated the Xterra scene both in the U.S. and overseas. I racked up 37 Championship wins (more than any other female or male at that time), 6 U.S. Championship Titles and 1 World Title. In 2008 I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which was wrapped around my sciatic nerve. I lost the use of most of my left leg with a condition called “drop foot.” I also lost the use of my hamstring and glute muscle. After three years and twin boys, I returned to competition as a paracyclist. In the span of twelve months I picked up 6 World Titles (on the road and on the track) and set 2 world records in the 500TT and the 3K pursuit. Because of these great results, I was nominated and won an ESPY for Best Female Athlete With A Disability. Besides being a mom and paracyclist, I also runs my own triathlon coaching business helping others reach their goals. I can also be found sharing my story as a motivational speaker around the world.

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